SWIMBO wants to help upgrade my power tool collection for Christmas...
We're looking at various battery powered tool sets.
The question is brand preference. How do you rank the Bosch, Dewalt, and
Ryobi brands? Are there genuine differences in the quality of the brands
(what?)? Are the differences worth the price difference? Finally, which
would you recommend for someone (me) who handles all the home
repair/construction/etc. jobs at our house and a few friends houses.
Thanks in advance,
I have owned all three brands of cordless drills. I find myself using the
Ryobi the most (light weight balanced good power) but find the batteries are
failing after only two years. The Dewalt is four years old, Bosch three and
the Ryobi is two years old. The Dewalt and Ryobi's came with skill saws. The
Dewalt was around $300.00 for the kit and the Ryobi kit was only $99.00. I
guess I would still buy the Ryobi again without the saw (saw does not work
well) The Dewalt saw works OK but not great. I would think you would need
about 24 volts to have a good skil saw.
I originally bought the Ryobi during a job where we were getting a lot of
tools stolen and didn't want my "good" tools stolen therefore I bought the
cheap Ryobi. I would call it a great value even though the overall fit and
finish is not that of the Bosch or Dewalt.
Hope this helps,
Craig in AZ.
Depends on your needs. I'd rank hem quality wise just as you have them
listed. I like the Ryobi though for a couple of reasons.
The 14.4 volt is easy to handle
It will last for a long time given how often I use them
Thee were affordable
If I needed the capabilities of the larger tools more often, I'd go for the
18 volt Bosch or DeWalt.
On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 03:47:21 GMT, "Kyle Boatright"
I'd rate Bosch as top quality. If their name is on it, it's tough,
well made and will endure..
DeWalt is a step down -- how much a step depends on who you ask. The
price difference (at least here) is minimal.
Ryobi seems to be the best of the low end tools -- not sure how much
of a beating they'll take. The price difference can be significant.
The best deal for you depends on how much you use them. I'm a
contractor and I go with Bosch for tools like a TS or SCMS that will
be used all day every day ... and I cheap out on tools that are
infrequently used -- my jig saws, for example, are $25 no names,
disposable like razors.
From what you've said, I'd guess that Ryobi might be a good choice
for you. But your mileage may vary.
I'd guess that
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